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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

creimer Re:Windows 1010? (274 comments)

The eight-bit retro look is coming back in style these days. New name should be Windows Minecraft.

38 minutes ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

creimer Re:Missed opportunity (274 comments)

Looking forward to all the naughty bits in WinXXX when it comes out.

1 hour ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

creimer Re:No touchscreen by default (129 comments)

Could you really consider it a tablet if you have to plug a mouse in for it to work?

Mount it on the wall above your desk, plug in a keyboard and mouse, and use it as a cheap PC.

3 hours ago
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

creimer Re:try SLASH (56 comments)

I tried to search for that story but couldn't find it. Flipping a 16- or 32-bit counter is a far more likely scenario. A 24-bit counter is/was incomprehensible.

3 hours ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

creimer Re:M$ Hardware (47 comments)

I loved the Microsoft Sidewinder game controller for the PC back in the day.

yesterday
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

creimer Re:try SLASH (56 comments)

It could have been a 16-bit field. With the amount of traffic that Slashdot gets, the field was small enough to exceed the limit sooner rather than later. Hence the site crashed. This was an "Oh, doh!" programming moment if there was ever one.

yesterday
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

creimer Re:You say storyboards, I say flowcharts (67 comments)

I haven't done formal flowcharts in ages, but I probably have the plastic template from college stashed in a storage box somewhere. If I'm having trouble with a piece of code, I might make a diagram to visually walkthrough the code and figure out where I'm getting stuck.

yesterday
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

creimer Re:Frosty pasta! (47 comments)

Microsoft emulating Apple.

yesterday
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

creimer You say storyboards, I say flowcharts (67 comments)

When I took Introduction to Computers in the early 1990's, the class had to draw flowchart diagrams to demonstrate our logic before we could program a DOS batch file. When I went back to school to learn computer programming in mid 2000's, all we needed was a napkin to write pseudocode before programming a web app. Kids today have it too easy.

yesterday
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

creimer Re:try SLASH (56 comments)

At some point they closed it up, but does anyone know when/why?

Probably after Slashdot crashed and taken offline for several days when a 32-bit counter in a database table reached its limit. That was about ten years ago or so.

yesterday
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

creimer Statistical Literature (122 comments)

Nevertheless, this statistical approach to literature could introduce the process of mathematical modelling to more people than any textbook.

Reading Shakespeare in the original Klingon language would probably easier.

yesterday
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

creimer Re:Server Admins Everywhere are Saying... (48 comments)

Dude, you're getting Chinese spyware!

Every Lenovo is equipped with a backdoor in the BIOS. You're getting Chinese hackers AND spyware!

yesterday
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

creimer Re:Join the Haiku OS project (56 comments)

So the 5-7-5 design pattern doesn't work for this particular haiku? :P

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

creimer Re:Does Swift work on older iOS versions? (310 comments)

The only devices that can't upgrade to it are the iPhone 3GS and below, the equivalent iPod touch, and the first generation iPad. There aren't many people using these devices any more.

I recently saw an iOS app update that listed a bug fix for the first generation iPad. O_o

yesterday
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

creimer Re:No AI Can Simulate A Video Game Tester (88 comments)

I was a tester for three years. When I became a lead tester for three years, I went back to school to learn computer programming and get my technicial certifications. Since I didn't want to become an associate producer and relocate to New York City from Silicon Valley, I had to make a career change to avoid being in dead end job. After being at the same company for six years, I was ready to leave.

4 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

creimer Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

IE

The sooner that corporate IT can abandon Internet Explorer (especially IE6), the better off everyone will be.

4 days ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

creimer Re:No AI Can Simulate A Video Game Tester (88 comments)

Unless you're playing a fighting game, button smashing doesn't count. :)

4 days ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

creimer Re:No AI Can Simulate A Video Game Tester (88 comments)

During my six years as a video game tester, I did nothing but black box (manual) testing. None of the 50+ video games I worked on supported any kind of testing automation. That was ten years ago. But I doubt that has changed since none of job listings I looked at since has ever required white box (scriptable) testing for gameplay automation.

4 days ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

creimer Re:No AI Can Simulate A Video Game Tester (88 comments)

Microsoft can afford to do that can of physical automation of their consoles. Developers cannot and must rely upon human testers to push the buttons, observe the gameplay, and bug problems that automation can't catch (i.e., character is naked, item inventory incorrect, black screen, etc.).

4 days ago

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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